2020 Round-Up (Wish I’d been more productive!)

If you’re considering works for the Nebula or Hugo Award, my only eligible story from 2020 is my novelette, BEYOND THE TATTERED VEIL OF STARS, which appeared in the Mar/Apr. issue of Asimov’s. It’s been one of the best-reviewed stories …

Author Spotlight at Lightspeed

Here’s an Author’s Spotlight interview, where Jason Ridler asks me some insightful questions about my family drama/first contact story, “Those Brighter Stars.”  Hope you enjoy it!




Best of Abyss & Apex Volume Two

My story “Snatch me Another” appears in the Best of Abyss & Apex Volume Two edited by the wonderful Wendy Delmater.  I’m proud to appear in the same table of contents with luminaries such as Robert Silverberg and C.J. Cherryh. …


Here’s the stunning cover art for the August 2016 edition of Lightspeed Magazine.  The artwork by Elizabeth Leggett is for my first contact story,  THOSE BRIGHTER STARS, which is now available to read (or listen to) for free either at …

Upcoming Stories and Projects

Four months into my sabbatical from the 9-to-5 grind, I’m pleased to announce two short story sales!

“Those Brighter Stars” will be appearing in a forthcoming issue of online magazine LIGHTSPEED MAGAZINE.  This one is about two generations of …

FREEFALL: A Wergen Novella

freefall cover (rgb)(1) Here it is!  The stunning cover of my forthcoming hardcover novella by Immersion Press and Carmelo Rafala.  The artwork is by Richard Wagner. 

I’m very excited that it will be available for sale later this month.…

Across the Event Horizon

I had an amazing trip to London from March 28 to April 5 to celebrate the launch at Eastercon of my collection, ACROSS THE EVENT HORIZON, edited by Ian Whates and published by Newcon Press.   I had a great time …

Recording of “Dear Annabehls”

Other Worlds Than TheseMy story “Dear Annabehls,” originally published in John Klima’s Electric Velocipede, now appears in the anthology Other Worlds Than These, edited by master anthologist John Joseph Adams, alongside stories from Stephen King, Ursula K. LeGuin, George R.R. Martin, Joyce …

The Top 10 Movies of 2011

Before getting to my top picks, I’d like to acknowledge some of the critically lauded — even Oscar-nominated — movies that failed to live up to expectations in 2011.   One of the worst culprits, Terrence Malick’s grandiose The Tree of

Mercurio’s 2011 Recapped

Where did 2011 go?  A few blinks of the eye and *poof*!

●   I’ll never forget 2011 because it was the year I was nominated for my first major award, the World Fantasy Award, for my Black Static story “Tu

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Across the Event Horizon

Across the Event Horizon by Mercurio D. RiveraAcross the Event Horizon contains the very best of Mercurio’s work to date; fourteen stories selected by the author himself, including “Langalana” and “Tu Sufrimiento”. Learn more »

Other Worlds Than These

Other Worlds Than These by John Joseph AdamsMercurio D. Rivera’s story, “Dear Annabehls” is now out in the anthology Other Worlds Than These. Compiled by acclaimed editor John Joseph Adams, never before have the best parallel world stories and portal fantasies been collected in a single volume—until now. More info »

Year’s Best SF 17

Year's Best SF 17Mercurio D. Rivera’s “Tethered” appears in Year’s Best SF 17. Acclaimed, award-winning editors and anthologists David G. Hartwell and Kathryn Cramer demonstrate the amazing depth and power of contemporary speculative fiction, showcasing astonishing stories from some of the genre’s most respected names as well as exciting new writers to watch. Prepare to travel light years from the ordinary into a tomorrow at once breathtaking, frightening, and possible. More info »

Holodeck Writer’s Workshop

Mercurio D. Rivera taught at the Holodeck Writer’s Workshop alongside Sheila Williams, James Patrick Kelly, Michael Swanwick and Gregory Frost. If you wish to raise your fiction, narration or art skills to the next level, this workshop is for you. More info »